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Title: Antifungal effect of lavender honey against Candida albicans, Candida krusei and Cryptococcus neoformans
Author: Estevinho, Leticia M.
Afonso, Sílvia Marlene Esteves
Feás, Xesús
Keywords: Antifungal
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Antifungal effect of lavender honey against Candida albicans, Candida krusei and Cryptococcus neoformans (2011) - Journal of Food Science Technology. ISSN 0022-1155.
Abstract: Monofloral lavender honey samples (n=30), were analyzed to test antifungal effect against Candida albicans, Candida krusei, and Cryptococcus neoformans. The specific growth rates (μ) showed that all the yeast growths were reduced in the presence of honey. The honey concentration (% w/v) that inhibited 10% of the yeasts growth (Xmin) ranged from 31.0% (C. albicans), 16.8% (C. krusei) and 23.0% (C. neoformans). A synthetic honey solution was also tested to determine antifungal activity attributable to sugars. The presence of synthetic honey in the C. krusei culture medium at concentrations above 58.0% (w/v) was established as Xmin, while C. albicans and C. neoformans were more resistant, since Xmin values were not reached over the ranged tested (10–60%, w/v). What the data suggests is that the component in the lavender honey responsible for the observed antifungal in vitro properties is not sugar based. Honey might be tapped as a natural resource to look for new medicines for the treatment of mycotic infections. This could be very useful, onsidering the increasing resistance of antifungals. It should be noticed that this is the first study concerning the effect of lavender honey on the growth of pathogenic yeasts.
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 0022-1155
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